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February 28, 2017

Don’t miss our workshop on Visits to Chronically/Terminally Ill Children

Santa Hospital Visits

We are proud to announce that Santa Gordon Pugh will be a Guest Speaker at our April session to discuss “Santa and/or Mrs. Claus Visits to Chronically/Terminally Ill Children. Gordon made his first appearance as Santa over 30 years ago at a local mall in the Birmingham area. Since then, he has worked regularly with sick, injured and chronically ill children, both as Santa, and in his professional career as a counselor, therapist, and as Chaplain of Children’s Hospital of Alabama, where he has worked since 1999. A seasoned public speaker, Gordon has regularly presented at the Association of Professional Chaplains Conference, the Pediatric Chaplains Network Annual Forum, the Alabama Chaplains Association, as well as various universities, hospitals and hospice facilities.  Gordon is looking forward to offering his unique perspective, as both a Santa and a professional in the children’s healthcare industry, so that we may provide the most meaningful Santa experience possible to ill children and their families.

September 25, 2016

September, 2016 School Session

September 20, 2016

Thank you for making our September school such a success!


We just wanted to take a moment to thank everyone who helped to make our September school session such a success.

A big thank you to all of our incredible guest instructors Deborah Beeson, Stephanie Floyd, Jess Wal Foster, Ansley Johnson, Heidi J. Moore, SantaJoe Pridgen, and Santa Ed Vinson for giving their time and for sharing their knowledge with us.

Thank you to our wonderful vendors TomCortemeglia, Robbie Hite, Debra Medley, Aloha Bob Moffa, and Willie Smith for being a part of our school.

Thank you to the vendors and the individuals who generously donated door prizes for the raffle.

Thank you Denise Ruiz and all the staff at Hilton Garden Inn Atlanta North Point for being such welcoming and accommodating hosts.

Thank you Santa Thomas Tolbert for coordinating the donated lunch on Saturday and never-ending desserts for the weekend.

Thank you to the Richmond Baking Company for the donated cookies on all the tables.

And last, but certainly not least, we want to acknowledge our very first graduating class. We had over 70 Santas, Mrs. Clauses and Santa’s Helpers in attendance and we cannot thank all of you enough for your overwhelming response and for being a part of our school.

September 5, 2016

Vendor Showcase for September 17th-18th!

our vendors

We are pleased to announce our Vendor Showcase for Santas, Mrs. Claus and Holiday Professionals at the September 17-18th school session of the Northern Lights Santa Academy. The following vendors have been confirmed, and we have others tentatively scheduled, that will be announced shortly.

Santa’s Clauset
Tom Cortemeglia
A wide variety of Santa supplies and accessories

Robbie’s Creations
Robbie Hite
Custom tailored Santa and Mrs. Claus wardrobe and accessories.

Deborah Medley
Mrs C’s Clauset
Custom tailored Santa and Mrs. Claus wardrobe and accessories.

Santa Willie Smith
Leather items, belts, suspenders, bells, Naughty & Nice books

August 9, 2016

Discover Santa for Yourself – Santa Jeaux’s Branson Experience

By Joe “Santa Jeaux” Pridgen

We arrived a few days early to Branson, so we could celebrate the 4th of July and see some of the sites around the town. On entering the hotel, the Chateau on the Lake Resort, which served as the central area for the entire event, a surprise was waiting for us in the 10-story atrium. Santa was hanging from a rope at about the 7th floor, as if he was rappelling from the rooftop. Of course, that’s all the further he got since he was a plastic mock-up.  Below him, though, were a few very nice restaurants and meeting areas along with landscaping of trees, bushes and ponds with a stream.


Based out of the metro-Atlanta, Georgia area, the Northern Lights Santa Academy serves Santa Clauses, Mrs. Clauses and Santa's Helpers in the Southeastern United States, including Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. For more information about our Santa school, please contact us.  

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